Thursday, May 20, 2010

Crunchy Ganola

The start of my morning while deciding on the catch name for my new Blog was making Granola. I want to start making as many homemade things as I can to get away from all those added things I don't want in my body. Who can pass up homemade granola? Asking my new Roomie if he was up for some, I dug through recipes and found one I happened to have all the ingredients for. Considering I just moved out on my own, I am very very broke, having to help finish up paying for stuff with the Ex-hubby and paying to live where I am, leaves very little $$ to buy much. SO I give you :

Crunch Granola!

1/1.2 c brown sugar
1/2 cup water
4 tsp vanilla extract
1 tsp salt (crap I forgot this haha)
8 cups rolled oats
2 cups chopped pecans, walnuts or slivered almonds

**there are only 2 of us to eat this, and not sure if my friend will eat much of it, so I halved this recipe with no trouble. For the nuts I pulled out what I had, a mix of all 3 to equal my 1 cup.)

Preheat oven to 275.
Line cookie sheets (2 if full batch 1 if half) with parchment paper and reserve.
Combine brown sugar and water in 4-cup microwave proof glass measuring cup or bowl. Place in microwave on high for 5 min. and cook until sugar is completely dissolved. Remove from microwave, and add vanilla extract and salt.
In large mixing bowl, combine oats, nuts and brown sugar syrup mixture. Stir until thoroughly mixed. Spread the granola on prepared cookie sheets and bake 45 min to 1 hr stirring often until golden and crunchy.
When the mixture comes out of the oven, it is still very pliable. You may choose to add in dried fruit as a finishing touch at this time. When completely cool, store in an airtight container.
Nutritional info: ** what is listed on the recipe with out the added fruit.294 cal
Fat: 10g
sat fat: 1g
carb: 45g
fiber: 4.6g
Protein: 7.3g

The recipe says it yields 10c but haha no idea how much is in an actual serving. I added about a cup of dried cherries, raisins and cranberries combined.